Unwritten norms guide a culture and teach us what is right and wrong. By learning about the different values that create a culture, we can better understand the people and accept them for who they are and what they stand for.
The week-long festival of Maslenitsa is a joyous, food and folklore filled time. Dating from pagan times, this festival celebrates the end of winter, and welcomes in a new spring. [...]
Where to Spend Defenders of the Fatherland Day in St. Petersburg Where do you go to experience the Defenders of the Fatherland Day in St. Petersburg aka to the locals as Men’s [...]
Back to School in Russia - What's on Their Shopping List It's that time of year for kids to go back to school in Russia! September 1st is also known as the Day of [...]
Oranienbaum - The Suburban Palace the Nazis Didn’t Destroy You won’t want to miss this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Oranienbaum is a hidden gem of suburban imperial residences, unique because it was [...]
Kunstkamera and the Cabinet of Curiosities Established in 1717, the Kunstkamera is the oldest museum in Russia and is a feast for curious minds. With over 2,000,000 exhibits, there is something to [...]
Kazan Cathedral - an Unlikely Monument to Military Victory A cathedral might seem like an unlikely monument to military victory, but being built on the eve of war and containing a 'miracle-working' [...]
One country’s swamp is another country’s dream come true! This swamp-turned-city success story is a fascinating tale of royalty and revolution. A tale of great suffering and a people’s ability to bounce back and rebuild a city worth visiting.